How Do You Make Lightroom’s Quick Collection Useful?
Lightroom‘s "Quick Collection" may seem a little useless at ﬁrst. I mean, it's only a temporary Collection that doesn't make sense. You can group images together, but then what? Well, let me show you one thing and then it will make sense, but lets go over using the Quick Collection ﬁrst.
As your going through images on your computer you can add them to your Quick Collection in three different ways. The first way is to select and drag images into the Quick Collection which lives near the top of the lefthand panel in the library module.
This technique will also work with normal Collections too so it is very universal. If you prefer, you can click a small cirde in the top right corner of the thumbnail. The last way, and my favorite, is to use the shortcut "B".
Once you have all of the images that you want into your Quick Collection, now comes the great part. By going to File>Save Quick Collection you will get this window:
Lightroom will prompt you to name your Collection and choose wether or not you want it to clear the Quick Collection. Then, when you click save, Lightroom will create a full blown Collection with all of those images already in it. If you had checked the little box, then your Quick Collection will also be empty so that you can start over again. If you prefer, you can also use the shortcut Alt/Option+Control/Command+B, or right click on the Quick Collection in the left panel to save it as a Collection.
There you go, now you know how to make a Quick Collection morph into a real one. This one little option make the Quick Collection amazingly useful, and now you can use it in your workflow. Next time you are going to create a new Collection, instead think about using the Quick Collection first so that you can take advantage of the wonderful shortcuts. If you don't have Lightroom yet I suggest that you give it a try because it is my favorite program for photography. You can download a trial version here if you would like (FYI this is an affiliate link).
- Graceson Aufderheide